On His Own and Jet Setting retired
On His Own and Jet Setting have raced for the last time, it was confirmed yesterday.
The 13-year-old On His Own enjoyed his final start only last Thursday when making his hunter chase debut at Thurles when second to Foxrock. However, he will mainly be remembered for his short-head defeat by Lord Windermere in a dramatic renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2014.
The stewards held a lengthy inquiry into possible interference and many still believe that On His Own, then running in the Graham Wylie colours, ought to have been awarded the race.
Patrick Mullins rode On His Own at Thurles and said: "He returned with an injury and we've had to call it a day.
"It's a shame as we were looking forward to having a bit of sport with him in hunter chases. He won a point-to-point for us a couple of weeks ago. We'll have to try and find another one."
If On His Own was just denied an unexpected success at the top level, that was not the case with Jet Setting, which was the fairytale story of the Flat season last year.
Jet Setting defeated Minding to win the Irish 1000 Guineas last season for Adrian Keatley, having been purchased for just 12,000 guineas out of Richard Hannon's yard in October 2015.
She triumphed in three of her first four starts for Keatley and was sold by Equinegrowthpartners Syndicate to the China Horse Club for £1.3m at the Goffs London Sale in June. She has gone to stud to be covered by Le Havre, winner of the French Derby in 2009.
Meanwhile, Our Duke, which was 10/1 second-favourite for the RSA Chase, will not run at Cheltenham after Jessica Harrington did not enter the seven-year-old in any of the meeting's Graded novice chases.
Connections are keen on a 2018 Gold Cup bid and feel that Our Duke, which has raced just twice over fences, lacks experience for the RSA Chase.